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Twittering Harrison Bergeron

Post  Sean on Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:04 am

Jess mentioned Harrison Bergeron, and her being on the set of 2081... different names for the same short story. interestingly, one of my best friends-- also named Jessica-- recently gave me a rare VHS of a full length movie version for my birthday, starring Sean Astin. not without its problems, but ultimately a good representation of a great story. resembles The Outer Limits and short stories by old sci-fi giants like Asimov (2 things i love) . I thought the film was better than the text. never read it until Jess linked it. Excellent social commentary, still relevant for today.

here's the trailer for 2081:

2081 is the year it takes place. looks cool. I so wanna see this.


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Post  Zathman on Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:18 am

About the Film:
Based on the short story Harrison Bergeron by celebrated author Kurt Vonnegut, 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is finally equal... The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains. It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything.

Featuring an original score performed by the world-renowned Kronos Quartet (Requiem for a Dream) and narration by Academy Award Nominee Patricia Clarkson (Far From Heaven, Goodnight and Good Luck), 2081 stars James Cosmo (Braveheart, Trainspotting, Narnia), Julie Hagerty (Airplane!, What About Bob?) and Armie Hammer (Justice League).

This film was made possible by a generous grant from The Moving Picture Institute and its donors.

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Dystopian societies… Gotta love them! I never did read the short, although I had come across it several times years before. Looks like it should be an interesting film, and one I'd most certainly watch once it comes out in 2009.

Good find!

Here's the 1995 TV Showtime Movie, "Harrison Bergeron" featuring Sean Astin as Harrison Bergeron. Enjoy:

Watch at Google Video's website

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